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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Dublin on flash flood alert as heavy showers move in from Irish sea

Brian O'Reilly

Published 31/03/2014 | 19:58

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Flooding down in Monkstown Co Dublin this evening
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Flooding in Monkstown Co Dublin during the flooding last winter. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins

THE CAPITAL has been put on flood alert this evening as heavy rainfall is expected to batter the city.

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Met Eireann issued the yellow alert earlier this evening as heavy rain they had been monitoring all day intensified.

It is now expected the hit the capital in thundery downpours.

"We were expecting heavy rain this evening, however the radar showed the showers were intensifying as they crossed the Irish sea, and became very, very heavy", a Met Eireann spokesperson told Independent.ie.

"The warning was issued as this rain is imminent, and is expected to fall at a rate of 24-32mm per hour."

The average rate of rainfall is just 4-6mm per hour.

"The showers will remain heavy for the rest of the evening", the spokesperson continued.

It is expected that the first batch of rain will be the heaviest - however the danger will remain throughout the night as further heavy showers move in.

The ESB has warned that some customers could lose supply if there are thundery downpours.

It is believed the same weather system caused 20,000 homes to lose power in north Mayo earlier this evening.

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